Early yesterday, on the 27th April 2020, ONE Championship released their inaugural World rankings across multiple weight categories under the MMA, Muay Thai and Kickboxing divisions.
Each weight category consists of a champion and the Top 5 ranked contenders looking to climb the rankings and stake their claim for ONE Championship gold, with four of Australia’s top martial arts superstars being named in their respective Super Series divisions.
The Muay U star from Canberra has been one of the most active fighters in ONE Championship since making his debut back in 2018. With bouts against the likes of Petchdam Petchyindee, Joseph Lasiri and more, he is coming off a sensational stoppage win over seasoned veteran Andy Howson.
Competing in both Muay Thai and Kickboxing rules under the promotion, it’s no surprise the Australian Strawweight enters the Top 5 in both Muay Thai (#4) and Kickboxing (#2), and now has his sights set on a title challenge against Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao.
Training under the tutelage of the legendary John-Wayne Parr, Ogden was destined to become a star. At the age of 17 he became the first Australian to win the WPMF World Muay Thai title, and by 20-years-old he had 40 professional bouts top organisations including MX Muay Extreme and Top King World Series.
He made his ONE Championship debut when he faced-off against veteran Sam-A Gaiyanghadao in February, though he lost the bout, he took plaudits for a fantastic performance against a much more experience opponent and earned the #2 spot in the Strawweight Muay Thai division and #3 in the Kickboxing division.
After a loss in another high-level Muay Thai bout against Norwegian Anne Line Hogstad in her second bout, Juniku takes the #3 spot in the Women’s Atomweight Muay Thai division and #2 in the Kickboxing division.
Elliot Compton was the first Australian to compete under the ONE Championship Super Series banner, making his debut in a stoppage loss to Cosmo Alexandre back in April 2018. He then became the first Australian to compete twice, and win, under the Super Series banner when he beat Matthew Semper in June 2018.
After a 16 month lay-off, he then returned to the ONE Hero Series, suffering a defeat to current #3 Anthony Njokuani. Compton comes in at #5 in the Lightweight Kickboxing division, where Dutchman Regian Eersel holds the title after two victories over ‘The Natural’ Nieky Holzken.